Acer ICONIA TAB A200
Looking at the design of the tablet it seems to be highly inspired with the design of A500. tapered top and bottom edges are some of the things that make you remind about the A500. However the A200 has got a textured rubbery back cover that gives a good grip for your hands, It has a 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display but it fails when it comes to viewing some good quality. The viewing angles are quite poor. Forget about using this tablet for the outdoor, you will hardly be able to see anything.
The sides of the tablet is featured with usb ports, micro usb ports, charging port, microsd card slot, volume rocker buttons and lock key. The microSD card slot and manual reset button are found at the bottom of the tablet which makes us very difficult to open the tablet and use them, that’s a bad thing.
There is a 2 megapixel camera at the front which is quite ok for the video chat and there are left and right speakers as well for entertainment purposes.
Specification and features
Here are the specifications of this tablet
- Operating system: Android OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb), planned upgrade to v4.0
- Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset
- Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor
- Adobe flash support
- Java support
- 260 x 175 x 12.4 mm dimension
- 8/16 GB internal memory, Expandable memory upto 32GB. 1 GB DDR2 RAM
- Standard battery, Li-Po 3260 mAh
The interface of this tablet is quite good and as soon as we enter the screen we are greeted with the Acer Ring. it allows to scroll to our bookmarks, volume control and various shortcut controls are there in that Acer Ring. The look has been improved, the customization of this tablet is limited and does not extend much to every features.
The touch of the tablet is quite average we w even checked the on screen keyboard of the tablet and it appears to be quite responsive. Ok to do the daily typing task.
With the help of the flash support, the web pages do get loaded very quickly and quite correctly. There is no themeing issues seen.
Gmail and some inbuilt apps like YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration are very well placed and are very simple to install as well as use.
The 2 megapixel camera ends up capturing some average images while the vga recording is has nothing to be mentioned over here.
There is nothing much to mention about the music player, interface is kept quite simple but the speakers do produce some good sounds. Sadly there is no video-out connection but to compensate for that there is a DLNA functionality.
A200 has a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Which performs quite good with the basic task that is assigned to it but when we load it with the high intense task then it begins to start crumbling a bit, appears to be choppy and its responsiveness does reduces a lot.
The battery of the tablet can last entire day with just 50% of the battery consumption. The wifi connection was quite strong and there was no broken connection in the middle of the process. The video player can play maximum formats such as MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/ XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263.
Acer ICONIA TAB A200 does lack some basic features like rear camera or a wired video-out functionality that is normally seen in the honey comb tablets but because of the restrictive budget in which it is confined. It manages to give a lot of features. So it succeeds in that. $330 being its basic price is the biggest attraction of this tablet and I am sure it will do well in the market. I would rate 3 out of 5 for this tablet.
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